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Anderson, John


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John Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow based within the 3DVisLab research group at DJCAD, University of Dundee. His research is informed by 25 years experience working as an interactive multimedia and software development practitioner in industry, teaching and research contexts. He also has a background in performing and community arts, particularly dance, and is a former dancer with Dundee Rep Dance Company (now Scottish Dance Theatre). He has an MSc (Distinction) in Animation and Visualisation from the University of Dundee and is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School.

Research interests

Research interests focus on investigating the role and impact of software development practice within interdisciplinary creative collaborations including:

  • Software development practice as an embedded methodology within 3D Visualisation
  • User centred approaches to optimising and automating 3D Visualisation workflows
  • Interactive platforms for digital engagement


Research projects for the 3DVisLab include:

WreckSight (2008 - 2015): Development of subsea visualisation application in collaboration with Chris Rowland leading to impact within recreational diving and marine salvage.

Making Sense (2010 - 2013): EPSRC-funded and CPNI-sponsored interdisciplinary, consortium research project led by Imperial College.

ADUS DeepOcean Project (2013 - 2015): Research aimed at improving methods for interacting with subsea 3D data and for optimising subsea visualisation production workflows.

Digital Engagements (2016 - 2020): This research investigates alternative models of software development to evolve a methodology that integrates bespoke software development into creative co-design processes.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Dundee

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Research Output

  • 3 Digital or Visual Products
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Article

Nunalleq: Stories from the Village of Our Ancestors

Watterson, A., Anderson, J. & Paxton, T., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Designing Digital Engagements: The SERF Hillforts Project

    Poller, T., Watterson, A., Baxter, K., Anderson, J. & Duncan, K., 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • The Archaeologist's Trail: Hillforts of Central Scotland

    Poller, T., Watterson, A., Baxter, K., Anderson, J. & Duncan, K., 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Semantic Pathways: A novel visualisation of varieties of English

    Anderson, J., Rowland, C., Atwell, E. & Brierley, C., Apr 2013, In : International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English. 37, p. 5-36 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Visualising Semantic Pathways in Document Collections

    Anderson, J. & Rowland, C., 2011, p. 25-26. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster